29 U.S.C. § 1901 : US Code - Section 1901: Congressional findings

      The Congress finds that - 
        (1) deaf-blindness is among the most severe of all forms of
      disabilities, and there is a great and continuing need for
      services and training to help individuals who are deaf-blind
      attain the highest possible level of development;
        (2) due to the rubella epidemic of the 1960's, the rapidly
      increasing number of older persons many of whom are experiencing
      significant losses of both vision and hearing, and recent
      advances in medical technology that have sustained the lives of
      many severely disabled individuals, including individuals who are
      deaf-blind, who might not otherwise have survived, the need for
      services for individuals who are deaf-blind is even more pressing
      now than in the past;
        (3) helping individuals who are deaf-blind to become self-
      sufficient, independent, and employable by providing the
      services and training necessary to accomplish that end will
      benefit the Nation, both economically and socially;
        (4) the Helen Keller National Center for Youths and Adults who
      are Deaf-Blind is a vital national resource for meeting the needs
      of individuals who are deaf-blind and no State currently has the
      facilities or personnel to meet such needs;
        (5) the Federal Government has made a substantial investment in
      capital, equipment, and operating funds for such Center since it
      was established; and
        (6) it is in the national interest to continue to provide
      support for the Center, and it is a proper function of the
      Federal Government to be the primary source of such support.